Ghazipur is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It also happens to be the headquarters of a district by the same name. The city derives its name from the ghazi (warrior) Sayyid Masud, who is said to have defeated the local raja, and established a city here in 1330 CE. Varanasi, the holy Hindu city, lies at a distance of 79 km south-west and is the major urban agglomeration in the city.
Places to Stay
Hotel facilities are limited as far as this city is concerned. However, two of the options which are worth trying out are Living Legend Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Shyam Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of the city is Hindi. Urdu is also widely used and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s). Dala Chhat and Mauni Baba Fair in the month of November are some of the other important events.
Places of Interest
Ghazipur Opium Factory is the largest legal medicinal opium producing factory in the world. Several monuments dating back to the Mughal era such as Chihal Satun (Forty Pillars) Palace, Chit Nath Ghat, tomb of Lord Cornwallis and Parasuram Mandir are some of the interesting places in the city.
How to Get There
The Varanasi Airport, situated 70 km away, is the closest to Ghazipur.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Ghazipur City Railway Station (3.5 km away from the city centre).
Verma Travels, Balaji Tours and Travels and Vijay Travels are some of the reputed bus operators in the city. Buses to the area are readily available from Varanasi. Book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com and make use of its bus ticket offer.